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Dollars for Docs: Doctors receive money from drug companies

ATLANTA -- If your doctor was receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from the drug companies that make the drugs your doctor may prescribe for you, would you want to know? 11Alive's Center for Investigative Action thought you would.

We discovered in the last three years, more than $19 million has been paid to Georgia medical practitioners, and your doctor could be one of them.

Next year the federal government will require all drug companies to report how much money they give to doctors, dentists, nurses and all other medical care workers, and all that information will be available for you to view online, but we're giving you some of numbers now.

Atlanta in the Civil War--Then and Now; An Evening With The Bonfire author Marc Wortman

Atlanta in the Civil War--Then and Now; An Evening With The Bonfire author Marc Wortman

“Wortman’s real talent lies in portraying the life of the city and its residents.

ATHENS: Brace for the next stink bug invasion -- it could be worse

ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia entomologist says if you think the smelly kudzu bug has been a problem in metro-Atlanta, wait until you see what the brown marmorated stink bug can do.

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The Asian stink bug that was discovered in Pennsylvania in 2001 has made its way to Georgia. Although it isn't swarming in numbers like we've seen with the kudzu bug, University of Georgia entomologist Dr. Rick Hoebeke says it could happen.

LOCAL PROFILE: The Pie Shop

 

ATLANTA -- Mims Bledsoe, the owner of The Pie Shop, has been baking since she was a child and she recently opened the shop to showcase her skills.

The former University of Georgia masters candidate left school to realize her passion of artisan baking and providing a “slice of happiness” for those who wish to have one.

Bledsoe says she took up baking because it “requires skill and is very feminine”. The theme of her shop is also very feminine; she chose a peach colored storefront to pay homage to Georgia Peaches and the bold black and white lettering as an ode to Coco Chanel, a designer revered by many old guard Southern Belles.

The Pie Shop is quintessentially southern and the pies are absolutely splendid. Check her out at 3210E Roswell Road in Atlanta.

 

Atlanta Businesswoman Finds a Knock Out Solution to Childhood Homelessness

Atlanta Businesswoman Finds a Knock Out Solution to Childhood Homelessness

 

Soyini Coke – Business Strategy Consultant by Day, Boxer by Night

A “Knock Out” Solution to Child Homelessness on Thursday, November 3rd.

Ex-Emory law student out of Egyptian prison

(USA Today) -- A law student from Queens, N.Y., who was just released from a prison in Egypt is now with Israeli representatives in Cairo, officials tell the New York Daily News.

Ilan Grapel, 27, is with Israeli diplomats and expected to fly soon to Israel, where his mother is waiting, the News reports.

Grapel, a former Israeli soldier and student at Emory Law Student in Atlanta, is was arrested in June while working with a legal aid group in Cairo. Egyptian authorities accused him of spying, which he denied.

Now, Israel has agreed to free 25 Egyptian prisoners in that country in exchange for Grapel's freedom, according to theNews. Most of those prisoners are smugglers.

Veterans Day: Boys & Girls Clubs of America Marks 20 Years of Serving Children of U.S. Military

Worldwide Programs Now Serving 460,000 Youth in 15 Countries

 

For 20 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has been providing the children of American military families’ vital services and programs – wherever they are stationed around the world.  Since 1991, children have had access to on-base Youth Centers that offer the same guidance and proven programs - focusing on academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy living - provided by traditional Boys & Girls Clubs across the United States.

 

“Children of military families face more than the usual challenges of growing up, from moving and re-establishing friendships every few years to worrying about family members who have been deployed,” says Terrill Wicks, vice president, Military Services & International Projects for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.